Humanitarian truce leading to ceasefire in Libya - Moavero

Humanitarian truce leading to ceasefire in Libya - Moavero

A ceasefire in the fighting this month in the Libyan capital Tripoli should be preceded by a "humanitarian truce" to protect civilians caught in the escalating conflict, Italy's foreign minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi said on Friday.

The ceasefire between eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army and forces loyal to the internationally recognised government "should follow a humanitarian truce" Moavero told reporters.

He was speaking after a meeting in Rome with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, at which Moavero said Italy and France agreed on the need for an "extremely rapid" ceasefire agreement in Tripoli.

The ceasefire would be a first step in a return to talks to end Libya's eight-year conflict "which can only take place under the auspices of the United Nations," Moavero said.

Avoiding "a slide into terrorism" is another objective shared by Italy and France, Moavero stated.

"Armed conflicts that degenerate into civil war" can never be justified, Moavero underlined.